Outside In will be showing the work of three artists at this year’s online London Art Fair within the fair’s online Platform showcase. Curated by Candida Stevens, Platform focuses on galleries, well-known, overlooked and emerging artists that align with a distinct theme, with the theme for 2021 being ‘Folk Art.’ Outside In has responded to the theme of folk art by showcasing works by three artists – Horace Lindezey, Joanna Simpson and James Alison – who each express identity, heritage, craft and community though their artwork.
Horace Lindezey has been a practising artist for over 30 years. He is a skilled ceramicist and textile artist and is supported by the Venture Arts studio in Hulme, Manchester. Much of Lindezey’s world depicts the world around him, his family and memories of his childhood growing up in Hulme and Moss Side, Manchester. Heritage and learnt techniques come through strongly in his textile and ceramic works. His mother was a seamstress and she would create bridesmaid dresses in the living room when he was younger. He would sit watching her sew on the beads on by one. Horace was not allowed to touch the dresses at the time, but years later, when creating textile works, those memories stayed with him and this intricacy is evident in his work.
James Alison’s extraordinary linear style wanders into its own realm, building fantastical places and animals. His distinct use of pen and line captivates the viewer, drawing you in to the magical worlds he creates. Creating artwork is central to James’ identity and in how he feels comfortable. He comments: “Art makes me feel more relaxed and more comfortable.” James Alison has attended Garvald Edinburgh, a creative day workplace for adults with learning disabilities, since 1992 and has worked in the Garvald Artists studio since 2015.
Joanna Simpson creates communities thought her artwork. She has created thousands of Good Luck Gum Nut Folk. “I cluster the folk together in different groups, like little families and communities. To me they are lucky figures and I hope that they are safe in God’s hands.”
The London Art Fair opened on Wednesday 20 January and runs to 31 January 2021.